I’m utterly thrilled to announce that NewCon Press are going to be publishing my new novel, Queen of Clouds. For those of you that remember The Moon King, Queen of Clouds is set in the same world several hundred years earlier and tells the story of how that strange, flooded world came to be. So, […]Read More Queen of Clouds
Woah, that was a fast one. Like, blink and you miss it fast.* Right? *Insert gif of Man staring gormlessly at Butterfly and asking: “Is this ageing”? Yeah well, maybe. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve packed so much into this year that I’ve just had no time to watch the weeks roll merrily by. […]Read More 2019 Roundup
Last week I finished reading a new novella, This Is How You Lose The Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Part Spy-vs-Spy, part epistolary love story, part time-travel tale, it’s a book that is sure to feature in the discussions when next year’s award season comes around. It’s a pacy read, but a […]Read More Time for a time war
During Eastercon a few weeks ago I was interviewed for Scifi-Fantasy Network by Rob Malan. Rob asked me about how The Moon King came to be, about being shortlisted for the BSFA award, about the importance of independent publishers like NewCon Press and about the new book, Queen Of Clouds. And, honestly, I did enjoy the […]Read More Scifi-Fantasy Network, and a competition!
So, April 22nd is finally here, and that means The Moon King is finally available to bought by anyone who wants one. To be honest, after the excitement of the pre-release launch at Eastercon, it feels…not anticlimactic, but perhaps a bit lower key. Which is perfectly fine by me. And good to see the reviews continuing to […]Read More Release Day!
So, a few days ahead of official release, we opened some boxes of sunshine yellow books and let the good attendees of Eastercon have first dibs on The Moon King. People were happy, wine was drunk and we sold rather a lot of copies I think. Thanks to everyone that came, and to my publisher, Ian, […]Read More New Moon
#1 : Seriously? Luck monkeys? Q: Forget the crows, and the invasion of giant crabs, where the hell did the idea of luck monkeys come from? A: *shrugs happily* What? What do you expect me to say to that? Sometimes the gods of inspiration just give you a gift. I mean who doesn’t wish that monkey really did […]Read More The Moon King Trivia #1 : Seriously? Luck monkeys?
#2 : So, what is the deal with you and birds? Q: The Moon King features some quite brutal white crows. I’ve read some of your other stories and birds crop up fairly regularly. Do you have some sort of obsession? A: Guilty as charged. I was a bit of a junior twitcher when I was younger, and […]Read More The Moon King Trivia #2 : The bird thing
#3 : The Cutting Room (Floor) Q: You’ve mentioned before here that you edited The Moon King down from a considerably longer length in the early drafts. What do you regret not making the published novel? A: There were two major scenes that I liked a lot but weren’t 100% strictly necessary for the story to work. […]Read More The Moon King Trivia #3 : The cutting room (floor)
#4 : What Genre Is The Moon King meant to be? Q: At times The Moon King reads like a science fiction novel and at other times it reads like Fantasy. WTAF! Dude, what genre is it meant to be? A: Can’t you have machines in fantasy? Can’t you have supernatural elements in science fiction? Who says […]Read More The Moon King Trivia #4 : What genre is it meant to be?